Sunday, January 30, 2011

Jimi Hendrix Rocks My Socks

Normally I'd give you some facts about the person I draw...and today's no different:
He was named Johnny Allen Hendrix(after his dad Al Hendrix, who had 6 fingers on each hand!)
He toured for pretty much every blue's band, and made it to second on the charts in England (Next toThe Beatles)  ...I'm tired of this here's the drawing:

Sunday, January 23, 2011

some watercolor stuff

Here's some watercolor stuff.  I'm not huge into watercolor, but I like to splatter paint, so in the end it all worked out. 

Monday, January 17, 2011

Emperor of France

Just a little drawing I did of Napoleon Bonaparte. He once said that a good sketch is better than a long speech, so.....

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Lion Vs. Dragon

These are the types of things that I think of. If there were a giant lion and dragon fighting against each other, who would win? Who is your money on? I am taking bets.....and ummm...I won't fix it. Meaning like, for example, if you root for the dragon, I won't have him take a fall in round three. I hope that made you feel at ease. Also, here are your big words of the week that you should learn: conquassate, drapetomania, exsibiliate, gressible, lethonomia, logogogue, molybdomancy, ranarium, and squidgereen. Will you use them in conversation? Why not? No one else will know what they mean. I make up words in conversation all the time. People are always impressed.....kinda. Unless they're smarter than me.....
When compared to Lion King, Lionel richie or lion house pantry, or dragonvale, dragon ball z z, or a third dragon thing. . . well . . . this is alright. Someone get a dragon vs. lion tatoo!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Johnny Cash

I don't recall hearing a lot of Johnny Cash growing up. I think the first time I even heard who he was was when I was a teenager and I stayed up late watching television. I was flipping through the channels when I came across one of those infomercials on "the golden age" of country music. It was one of those infomercials where some guy sits there and talks to the viewer about how great times use to be and how we could relive those moments through the music of the past. Than they would have some music play with the artist name and song name highlighted going up the screen along with all of the other songs that would appear on the albums. I couldn't explain it, but I remembered Johnny Cash. He had two songs on the set, "Ring of Fire" and "Daddy Sang Bass." I was never really into country—because I felt that it was my mom's genre of music—so I kinda shrugged it off. It wasn't until some time later that I found out more about Johnny Cash.

I was just out of high school when the song "Hurt" came out. It was so powerful. I listened to it over and over again.  I had to hear more of him. Thankfully a friend and coworker was happy to oblige. We listened to quite a bit of him at work, and I began to learn more about the Man in Black. This same friend later gave me the Johnny Cash at San Quentin box set. Enclosed was the story of the infamous picture of Johnny Cash flipping the bird(my rendition below). Some people at Granada Television were crowding Johnny so much that he was unable to see his audience—so he flipped the bird.

He knew how to give people a show

Years later this image was used as an advertising campaign by Rick Rubin. Rubin had worked for Slayer, Metallica, and Tom Petty and wasn't ever snubbed by radio stations. When he took on Johnny Cash—radio didn't want to hear him. They had turned their backs on him years before, trading him for a more contemporary type of country. Rubin responded with a full page ad in Billboard with the picture and a quote saying "American Recordings and Johnny Cash would like to acknowledge the Nashville music establishment and country radio for your support." Thanks to the movie and more exposure, Johnny Cash is once again more accepted. CMT will even proudly run specials about him and make it seem that he has always been in their good graces.

Authors Note: I love the picture, but I understand how some people can take offense to it. I know it is an obscene gesture, but it shows so much about the character of Johnny Cash. It is iconic. It represents Johnny Cash's rebel attitude. Showed him as an outlaw. He was bothered by something and showed his frustration. Who can't relate to that?